Thursday, November 15, 2012

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fishing Review February 2012.

Salmon Fishing Scotland Tay Salmon Fishing Review February 2012.

February started off cold with river temperatures below 40 but by the end of the month was rising alarmingly especially for the lower river. This meant the catches started to spread out as far up as the Upper river.

Action from the Pitlochrie beat at Stanley on a cold February day.
18 salmon were reported in the first week with the best salmon of 18 pounds being landed on the Murthly beat. Spring salmon were landed throughout the system from the Lower river to the Upper river including the first spring salmon from the Portnacraig beat at Pitlochry caught by Adam Joseph fly fishing and weighing 13 ½ pounds.
A superb spring salmon caught at Pitlochry by Steve Watt.
Also salmon were reported from Edradynate, Upper Farleyer and Dalguise from the Upper area. 20 salmon were reported on the second week with the best salmon of 18 pounds being landed on the Lower Kinnaird beat.
A beauty from Glendelvine.
Newtyle continued to have early success as the spring salmon ran through the river. The catches remained quite slow in third week with 21 salmon reported but the quality of spring salmon remained high with salmon caught up to 17 pounds in weight. The river temperature rose to around 44F or 6C due to milder weather and this encouraged salmon to run and spread the catches. The rise in temperature did not help the lower river below Stanley, but Salmon continued to be caught in the middle and Upper River. Catholes just above Stanley had a fine start to the season landing 11 by the end of the month and Islamouth started to catch consistently which was to improve into a phenomenal spring season.
A cracker from Islamouth caught by John McElroy.
Murthly and Glendelvine were also working away while salmon were being caught up as far as Pitlochrie dam. The month finished with 97 fish recorded.
The sun goes down on a cold February day.

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